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COVID-19: Umahi shuts Ebonyi Govt. offices for 7-days

…As  state records 75 confirmed cases

Clement Nnachi, Abakaliki

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has directed that all Government Offices in the state be shut down for seven days beginning from Thursday, June 4 through June 10.

 This followed the confirmation that some cabinet members of the administration (names withheld) were already infected with the dreaded Coronavirus.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Barr. Uchena Orji, in Abakaliki, on Thursday morning, Governor Umahi called on all government officials and members of the state’a Executive Council,  especially those working in the  Ministries of Finance and Budget to undergo COVID-19 test within the seven-day period.

The statement stated that the index case in the state  had so far risen to 75 out of the over 3,000 samples tested in the State.

It further appealed to citizens residing  outside the state to avoid the risk of returning to the state stating that records have revealed that the positive cases recorded in the state were from those who returned from the epicentre states.

According to the statement, “The governor is concerned about  the number of Coronavirus cases recorded in  the state which has unfortunately risen to 75  out of   over 3, 000  samples tested.

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 “Whereas we have discharged a total of  26 COVID-19 cases and  49 cases still  receiving treatment and  in stable conditions.

“The governor is disturbed about the way and manner some State Executive Council members were infected, although they are also in stable conditions.

“All Executive Council members and Government officials especially of the Ministry of Finance and Budget are advised to undergo Covid-19 test within this 7-Day period.”

It added that the governor urged the  people to  take seriously the NCDC COVID-19 Protocols, especially all  precautionary measures such as hand washing,  use of hand  sanitisers, use of face masks, social distancing and avoiding of crowded places.

 “All civil servants shall work from their respective homes within this period but shall leave their phones open to respond to official imperatives.”

The statement added that the governor directed Dr. Richard Nnabo and his team to commence comprehensive decontamination of Government offices including the new and old  Government House complexes.